Mount Vernon News

Mount Vernon News
March 14, 2012 10:46 am EDT


RACINE, Wis. — Christopher Harrison Edwards, 55, formerly of Gambier, passed away peacefully March 11, 2012, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

He was born in St. Louis, Mo., on Sept. 19, 1956, to Peter G. and Joan D. (nee: Harrison) Edwards. Christopher was raised in Gambier and attended Ohio University in Athens.

In 1977, his family moved east to Massachusetts, and Christopher spent several wonderful years working as a carpenter with his cousin, Tim Gillespie in Westport, Mass. He fondly remembered this as one of the happiest times of his life. On June 14, 1980, he was united in marriage to Barbara “Beth” Stockwell at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in New Britain, Conn. In 1982, he returned to college and studied computer programming at Southeastern Massachusetts University, now UMass Dartmouth. In 1995, he moved his family to Wisconsin to begin work with a small engineering company called Automation Engineering in Racine, Wis., now known as TriCore Inc. He worked at this company until the time of his death. Perhaps the most enduring legacy that he leaves his family is his love for Curly Rocks, the family’s summer cottage on a little island in Georgian Bay, Ontario, Canada, where they summered every year.

Family left to cherish Christopher’s memory include his wife of 31 years, Beth; their two children, Jessica and William, both of Milwaukee, Wis.; mother, Joan Edwards of Columbus; brother, Jonathan (Beth Anne) Edwards; nephew and niece, Bateman and Alexandra Edwards, all of Leverkusen, Germany; sister-in-law, Susan (Nicholas) Fletcher of Austin, Texas; and father-in-law, Francis Stockwell of Austin, Texas. He is further survived by many loving aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Peter G. Edwards; and mother-in-law, Laurel Stockwell.

Friends may call Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home in Racine. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at St. Lucy’s Catholic Church, 3101 Drexel Ave., Racine WI 53403. Memorials have been suggested to the family, or to Froedtert Hospital Foundation, 9200 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53226. Online condolences at

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